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Old 04-05-2011   #11
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I had the 4x8 HD version before, that looks like the 4x4. actually pretty solid little trailers. how long is your raft? sounds like the bolting or replacement rail is the way to go.

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Old 04-05-2011   #12
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I had one of those trailers about 20 years ago. I had the same problem and just replaced the tongue with a longer piece of steel. The tongue was so long that I could easily carry a 17 ft canoe. No pictures because that was before digital cameras.

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Old 04-06-2011   #13
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I would definitely unbolt the tongue and go with a longer piece of channel or tubing. I have that same little trailer with canoe arms on it and did the same thing.

I extended the tongue on my raft trailer by cutting the tongue off at the trailer and finding a piece of material the had an OD the same as the tongue ID and spliced it back together, pulls much better and fits my new longer raft.
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Old 04-06-2011   #14
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I extended the tongue on a kit trailer like yours...

I extended the tongue on a kit trailer like yours that I got from Northern Tool and it works great! It tracks and backs very well. I just replaced the stock tongue with a steel 3" x 3" square tube I got locally from a welding shop. My shuttle vehicle is on the front of my truck...
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Old 04-06-2011   #15
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that's sweet Rex.
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Old 04-10-2011   #16
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Sounds like you don't have a welder. Find a welding shop and stop by. Chances are they can extend it for $5 in material plus the minimum labor charge, probably about $20. Extending will probably be cheaper than replacing.

If you were closer I'd hook you up, it's a very easy mod.
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Old 04-10-2011   #17
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I got it taken care of, i just bought the same size steel tubing and replaced the whole thing, so no welding or splicing was needed.

That brings my next question, whats the best way to add carpet to the decking? Do most just glue it on? Staple it on?
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Old 04-11-2011   #18
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Why do people put carpet on? I have seen as many trailers without carpeting as I have with? I have always thought that the carpet would just trap more grit, rocks, sticks, etc. and keep it under your boat. I have never had it on any of my trailers, so I am curious.
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Mine has carpet because the plywood decking, while still solid, was beginning to splinter. I painted it with a Drylok product and glued carpet down. I needed to use short sheet metal screws with washer heads to roll it over the back edge and attach it to the underside. It makes it easy and worry-free to slide Supercat across it, seems to be holding up well, and was easier than replacing the plywood that was going to do the same thing over time without some coating or covering. I don't notice it holding/trapping debris, in fact, it "feels" cleaner.

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